Queensland motorsport legend Dick Johnson will return to the track at Queensland Raceway in one of his famous Ford Falcons at the 26th annual Shannons Historic Racing and Classic Car Festival on July 26-27.
Johnson will get behind the wheel of his XC Falcon, which competed between 1977 and 78 for demonstration laps on the Sunday of the meeting, which is sure to have memories flooding back for many spectators.
Johnson retired from full time competition at the end of 1999, after an illustrious career that included five Australian Touring Car titles, and three Bathurst crowns.
The Johnson Falcon will also take part in the second annual John French Trophy for Group C touring cars, with local touring car driver Stephen Voight behind the wheel of the Bryan Byrt Ford Hardtop.
Group C touring cars competed on the race circuits of Australia between 1973 and 1984, with some of the more memorable protagonists making the trek to Queensland Raceway.
One of the big drawcards will be Kevin Bartlett, who will take to the track in anger behind the wheel of Allan Moffat's 1983 championship winning Mazda RX7.
Other strong competitors will include New Zealand champion Steve Emson in the Bryan Byrt Ford V6 Capri, Lloyd Bax in the Everlast XC Falcon Hardtop, Vic Cameron in the King George Tavern XE Falcon and Craig Harris in the ex-Bob Morris XD Falcon.
In total, a field of 15 'big bangers' are expected to take to the track, with several coming from interstate.
Apart from the Group C touring cars, there will be an oversubscribed field of Group N cars, which precede the Group C cars with build dates prior to 1973.
This year several of Australia's fastest historic tourers will be staying in Queensland for a week after their national round at Queensland Raceway in support of the V8 Supercars on July 18-20.
Also on the program are full fields of sports and racing cars, as well as a large number of cars entered in the Shannons Regularity Trials.
Off the track, Shannons has also thrown their support behind the show and shine, with upwards of 200 cars expected to enter.
Another feature of the meeting will be largest gathering of Shelby American cars in Australia, with some of the most desirable vehicles from North America to go on display for enthusiasts to drool over.
Where- Queensland Raceway
When- July 26-27 2003
Location- Queensland Raceway is at the end of Champions Way, Willowbank, adjacent to the Willowbank Drag Strip, and off the Cunningham Highway (just south of the Amberley RAAF Base).
www.hrcc.org.au - Home of the Historic Racing Car Club (Qld) Inc.
www.qrda.asn.au - Accelerate- for more stories and information on State level, Hillclimb and Historic competition in Queensland.